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Volume 21 Issue 4 - December 2015/January 2016

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What's a vinyl renaissance? What happens when Handel's Messiah runs afoul of the rumba rhythm setting on a (gasp!) Hammond organ? What work does Marc-Andre Hamelin say he would be content to have on every recital program he plays? What are Steve Wallace's favourite fifty Christmas recordings? Why is violinist Daniel Hope celebrating Yehudi Menuhin's 100th birthday at Koerner Hall January 28? Answers to all these questions (and a whole lot more) in the Dec/Jan issue of The WholeNote.

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● ● 3:00: Pax Christi Chorale. Berlioz: L’enfance du Christ. Nathalie Paulin, soprano; Olivier Laquerre, baritone; Alain Coulombe, bass; Sean Clark, tenor; Matthew Zadow, baritone. Grace Church on-the-Hill, 300 Lonsdale Rd. 416-488-7884. ; (sr); (st); (child). Also Dec 5(eve). ●●3:00: Royal Conservatory. Invesco Piano Concerts. Jan Lisiecki, piano. Koerner Hall, Telus Centre, 273 Bloor St. W. 416-408-0208. SOLD OUT. BMO Rush Tickets will be available. ●●3:30: Church of St. Michael and All Angels. Lessons & Carols. Wychwood Clarinet Choir. 611 St. Clair W. 416-653-3593. Freewill donation. ●●3:30: Tafelmusik. Bach Christmas Oratorio. See Dec 3. ●●3:30: Toronto Welsh Male Voice Choir. Holiday Concert. Our Lady of the Miraculous Medal Catholic Church, 739 Browns Line, Etobicoke. 416-255-2721. . ●●4:00: Cathedral Church of St. James. Twilight Organ Series. David Briggs, organ. 65 Church St. 416-364-7865. Free. ●●4:00: Church of St. Mary Magdalene. O Antiphon Preludes. Works by Nico Muhly. Andrew Adair, organ. Church of St. Mary Magdalene (Toronto), 477 Manning Ave. 416- 531-7955. Free. ●●4:00: St. Philip’s Anglican Church. Jazz Vespers Tribute to Frank Sinatra. Alex Samaras, vocals; Colleen Allen, saxophone; Scott Alexander, bass; Gary Williamson, piano; Brian Barlow, drums. 25 St. Phillips Rd., Etobicoke. 416-247-5181. Freewill offering. ●●4:00: Toronto Classical Singers. Bach: Christmas Oratorio. Jennifer Taverner, soprano; Sandra Boyes, mezzo; Asitha Tennekoon, tenor; James Baldwin, baritone; Talisker Players Orchestra; Jurgen Petrenko, conductor. Christ Church Deer Park, 1570 Yonge St. 416-443-1490. ; (sr/st). ●●4:30: Church of the Holy Trinity. The Christmas Story. See Dec 4; Also Dec 11,12(mat & eve),13,18,19(mat & eve),20(mat & eve). ●●5:00: Nocturnes in the City. Vocal recital. Works by Bach, Dvořák, Smetana and Masaryk. Eliska Latawiec, soprano; Ross Inglis, piano. St. Wenceslaus Church, 496 Gladstone Ave. 416-481-7294. ; (st). ●●5:00: Salvation Army. Gift of Christmas. A. Concerts in the GTA Mississauga Children’s Choir. Living Arts Centre, 4141 Living Arts Dr., Mississauga. 905- 306-6000. Free, donations welcome. ●●7:00: Hart House. Hart House Chamber Strings. Handel: Sinfonia from Messiah; Dvořák: Notturno; Elgar: Serenade for Strings; Lauridsen: O Magnum Mysterium; Bach: Brandenburg Concerto No.3. Hart House, Great Hall, 7 Hart House Circle. 416- 978-2452. Free. ●●7:00: Knox Presbyterian Church. The Star of Bethlehem: A Choral Service for Christmas. Josef Rheinberger: The Star of Bethlehem (in a new English version by Roger Bergs). Knox Presbyterian Church Choir and Soloists; strings and organ directed by Roger Bergs. 630 Spadina Ave. 416-921-8993. Freewill offering. ●●7:30: Bel Canto Singers. The Most Wonderful Time of the Year. Linda Meyer, conductor; Jacqueline Mokrzewski, piano. St. Dunstan of Canterbury, 56 Lawson Rd., Scarborough. 416-286-8260. . Also at 2:30. ●●7:30: Echo Women’s Choir. Winter Concert: Heart Like a Wheel. Heart Like a Wheel (arr. Alan Gasser); Quiet on the River (arr. Alan Gasser); Lullabies from Latin America, South Africa, and the Republic of Georgia; Annabelle Cvostek: Apocalypse Lullaby; other works. Becca Whitla, piano and conductor; Alan Gasser, conductor. Church of the Holy Trinity, 10 Trinity Sq. 416-779-5554. ; (adv); (sr/child/underwaged/unwaged). ●●7:30: Leaside United Church. Lessons and Carols. Carols and readings for Christmas. Sirett: Thou Shalt Know Him; Willcocks: Angelus ad virginem; Hopson: The Virgin Mary Had a Baby Boy; Rutter: Shepherd’s Pipe Carol; Howells: Here Is A Little Door; and other works. Chancel Choir of Leaside United; Sharon L. Beckstead, conductor; Junior Choir; Nancy Stewart, conductor; C Flats Jazz Band; Cynda Fleming, director. 822 Millwood Rd. 416-425-1253. Free. Offering in support of the Out of the Cold Program. ●●7:30: Toronto Beach Chorale. G.F. Handel: Messiah in the Beach. Jennifer Krabbe, soprano; Jilian Yemen, alto; Charles Davidson, tenor; Matthew Cassils, bass; Orchestra. Kingston Road United Church, 975 Kingston Rd. 416-699-6634. ; (7-18yrs); Free(under 7). ●●8:00: New Music Concerts. A Portrait of PHILIPPE LEROUX © Cécile Brossard Sun. Dec. 6 | Oliphant Theatre www.NewMusicConcerts.com Philippe Leroux. Leroux: AAA; Ailes; Grisey: Talea; Carter: Canon for Three Equal Instruments; Rubin: less than equals three. NMC Ensemble; Alexander Dobson, baritone; Robert Aitken, conductor. Betty Oliphant Theatre, 404 Jarvis St. 416-961-9594. ; (sr/arts workers); (st). 7:15: Introduction. ●●11:00: Arraymusic/The Evergreen Club Contemporary Gamelan. Percussion Meet- Ups. Array Space, 155 Walnut Ave. 416-532- 3019. . Monday December 7 ●●12:30: York University Department of Music. Music @ Midday: Instrumental Masterclass Concert. Tribute Communities Recital Hall, Accolade East Building, YU, 4700 Keele St. 647-459-0701. Free. ●●7:30: Cantabile Chorale of York Region. Joy of Christmas. Guests: Ethel Briggs, accompanist; Rev. Sebastian Meadows- Helmer, violinist; Robert Richardson, conductor. Thornhill United Church, 25 Elgin St., Thornhill. 905-731-8318. Entry by food donation to Thornhill Christmas Assistance program. Silent offering to defray expenses. Reception to follow. ●●7:30: Earl Haig and Claude Watson Music. Claude Watson School of the Arts December Showcase Concert. Works by Monteverdi, Mendelssohn, Prokofiev, and others. Orchestra, Symphonic Band, Chamber Strings, Full Mixed Choir. Trinity-St. Paul’s Centre, 427 Bloor St. W. 416-392-3210 x20141. ; (sr/st). ●●7:30: University of St. Michael’s College. A Baroque Concert for Advent. Handel: Foundling Hospital Anthem; also works by Geminiani. The Musicians in Ordinary; Christopher Verrette, baroque violinist; Hallie Fishel, soprano; Choir and Soloists of St. Michael’s Schola Cantorum; Michael O’Connor, director. St. Basil’s Church, University of St. Michael’s College, 50 St. Joseph St. 416-535-9956. Free. Donations welcome. ●●7:30: University of Toronto Faculty of Music. Collaborations. Works by Christos Hatzis, Dean Burry, Julie Spencer, Dinuk Wijeratne and George Kontogiorgos. Beverley Johnston, percussion. Walter Hall, Edward Johnson Building, University of Toronto, 80 Queen’s Park. 416-978-0492. ; (sr); (st). ●●7:45: Resa’s Pieces. Annual Holiday Concert. Strings, concert band, and singers. York Mills Collegiate Institute, 490 York Mills Rd. 416-565-7321. ; free(12 and under). ●●8:00: Arraymusic. Array Session No.35: Improv Concert. Improvisation by a changing array of exception guest artists. Array Space, 155 Walnut Ave. 416-532-3019. Free. ●●8:00: Gallery 345. Cello and Voice. Works by Hugo Harmens and Jeremy Bellavitti. Alex Samaras, vocals; Wendy Solomon, cello; guest: Tiffany Hanus. 345 Sorauren Ave. 416- 822-9781. . ●●8:00: Soundstreams. Ear Candy: Electric Messiah. York University Electroacoustic Orchestra; Christine Duncan, Gabriel Dharmoo, Doug Van Noort, Ashlie Corcoran, Patrick Lavender, John Gzowski, SlowPitch, resident DJ. Drake Hotel, 1150 Queen St. W. 416-504-1282. /(adv). Also Dec 8. ●●8:00: Toronto Theatre Organ Society. Andrew Rogers, Organ. Casa Loma, 1 Austin Terrace. 416-499-6262. . General admission. Tuesday December 8 ●●12:00 noon: Canadian Opera Company. Chamber Music Series: Strange Luminescence. Artists of the GGS New Music Ensemble; Brian Current, conductor. Richard Bradshaw Amphitheatre, Four Seasons Centre for the Performing Arts, 145 Queen St. W. 416-363-8231. Free. ●●12:10: Nine Sparrows Arts Foundation/ Yorkminster Park Baptist Church. Lunchtime Chamber Music. Rising Stars recital. Students from the Glenn Gould School. Yorkminster Park Baptist Church, 1585 Yonge St. 416-241-1298. Free; donations welcome. ●●12:10: University of Toronto Faculty of Music. Tuesday Performance Class for Singers: Holiday Songs. Walter Hall, Edward Johnson Building, University of Toronto, 80 Queen’s Park. 416-408-0208. Free. ●●1:00: Cathedral Church of St. James. Midday Organ Series. David Briggs, organ. 65 Church St. 416-364-7865. Free. ●●7:30: Royal Conservatory. Historical Performance Class of The Glenn Gould School. Works by Corelli, Bach, Purcell, Lully and others. Members of the Historical Performance Strings Class; Kathleen Kajioka, baroque violin. Mazzoleni Concert Hall, Royal Conservatory, 273 Bloor St. W. 416- 408-2824, x322. Free. ●●7:30: University of Toronto Faculty of Music. Guitar Orchestra Concert. Walter Hall, Edward Johnson Building, University of Toronto, 80 Queen’s Park. 416-408-0208. Free. ●●8:00: gamUT Ensemble and DMA students/Toronto New Music Projects/The Music Gallery. Philippe Leroux, Michael and Sonja Koerner Distinguished Visitor in Composition. Works by Leroux. Music Gallery, 197 John St. 416-204-1080. ; (sr/members); (st). ●●8:00: Soundstreams. Ear Candy: Electric Messiah. York University Electroacoustic Orchestra; Christine Duncan, Gabriel Dharmoo, Doug Van Noort, Ashlie Corcoran, Patrick Lavender, John Gzowski, SlowPitch, resident DJ. Drake Hotel, 1150 Queen St. W. 416-504-1282. /(adv). Also Dec 7. The Musicians In Ordinary for the Lutes and Voices 7:30PM December 7, 2015 St. Basil’s Church, St. Michael’s College 50 St. Joseph St. at Bay Handel’s Foundling Hospital Anthem with music by Geminiani and others. St. Michael’s Schola Cantorum directed by Dr. Michael O’Connor Soloists Hallie Fishel, soprano, Rebecca Claborn, mezzo and Ben Kim, tenor Orchestra led by Christopher Verrette Admission free, donations welcome 38 | December 1 2015 - February 7, 2016 thewholenote.com

●●8:00: Toronto Symphony Orchestra. Cirque de la Symphonie: Holiday Hits. Cirque de la Symphonie; Etobicoke School of the Arts Holiday Chorus; Steven Reineke, conductor. Roy Thomson Hall, 60 Simcoe St. 416-598- 3375. .25-7; .75-.75(mat.). Also Dec 9(2:00 and 8:00). Wednesday December 9 ●●12:30: Yorkminster Park Baptist Church. Noonday Organ Recital. Aaron James, organ. 1585 Yonge St. 416-967-1167. Free. ●●2:00: Toronto Symphony Orchestra. Cirque de la Symphonie: Holiday Hits. Cirque de la Symphonie; Etobicoke School of the Arts Holiday Chorus; Steven Reineke, conductor. Roy Thomson Hall, 60 Simcoe St. 416-598- 3375. .25-7; .75-.75(mat.). Also Dec 8 and 9(8:00). ●●7:00: Earl Haig and Claude Watson Music. Earl Haig Secondary School Music Ensembles. Music for band, wind and string ensembles; and others. Earl Haig Secondary School, Cringan Hall, 100 Princess Ave., North York. 416-392-3210 x20141. ; (sr/st). ●●7:30: Regis College Alumni Association. Magnificat! My Soul Rejoices. Marian and Advent-themed works by Palestrina, Pärt, Chilcott, Daley, Esenvalds and others. Incontra Vocal Ensemble; Matthew Otto, conductor. St. Joseph’s Chapel, Regis College, University of Toronto, 100 Wellesley St. W. 416-922-5474 x266. . ●●7:30: Toronto Mendelssohn Choir. Festival of Carols. Victoria: O Magnum Mysterium; Miller: Old Toy Trains; Keep your Lamps, Huron Carol and other traditional carols. Noel Edison, conductor; Jennifer Min-Young Lee, associate conductor; guests: David Briggs, organ; Canadian Staff Band; John Lam, bandmaster. Yorkminster Park Baptist Church, 1585 Yonge St. 416-598-0422 x221. ; (30 and under). ●●7:30: University of Toronto Faculty of Music. PianoFest. Students from U of T’s piano area. Walter Hall, Edward Johnson Building, University of Toronto, 80 Queen’s Park. 416-408-0208. Free. ●●8:00: Hoover Party. Hoover Party Digital Release. Karen Ng and Brodie West, saxophones; Matthew A. Dunn, tapes and effects; Amelia Ehrhardt, dance and Victoria Cheong, live remix; and others. Array Space, 155 Walnut Ave. 416-532-3019. Free. ●●8:00: Montage Music. Holiday Concert. Classical, Celtic and jazz music with a holiday theme. Melanie Conly, soprano; Lew Mele, bass; Laura Nashman, flute; Bill Bridges, guitar; Jordan Klapman, piano; Sharlene Wallace, harp; Greg Millar, piano. Heliconian Hall, 35 Hazelton Ave. 416-924-8180. . ●●8:00: The Oratory. Oratorium Saeculare: Advent. Charpentier: “O Antiphons” with interspersed instrumental carols; Rigatti: “Alma Redemptoris”; Bruhns: Nun komm der heiden Heiland; Bach: Concerto No.2 in a. Choir: Simon Honeyman, Bud Roach, Jamie Tuttle, David Roth; Chris Verrette and Julie Wedman, violins; Felix Deak, cello; Philip Fournier, harpsichord, organ and musical direction. Oratory, Holy Family Church, 1372 King St. W. 416-532-2879. Free. Donations accepted. Includes a talk by one of the Fathers of the Oratory. ●●8:00: Toronto Symphony Orchestra. Cirque de la Symphonie: Holiday Hits. Cirque de la Symphonie; Etobicoke School of the Arts Holiday Chorus; Steven Reineke, conductor. Roy Thomson Hall, 60 Simcoe St. 416-598- 3375. .25-7; .75-.75(mat.). Also Dec 8 (8:00) and 9 (2:00). ●●8:00: Univox Choir. Great Joy! Joubert, McElroy and Red: Great Joy; and other works. Chris Tsujiuchi, piano; Ryan Luchuck, bass guitar; Alejandro Céspedes, percussion; Kevin Mendes, drums; Dallas Bergen, artistic director; Lucas Marchand, band director. Al Green Theatre, 750 Spadina Ave. 416-924-6211. ; (sr/st/adv). Also Dec 11. ●●9:00: CAMH Foundation. Andy Kim Christmas Show. Phoenix Concert Theatre, 410 Sherbourne St. 416-323-1251. . VIP tickets available. Benefits CAMH’s Gifts of Light Program. Thursday December 10 ●●12:00 noon: Metropolitan United Church. Noon at Met. Su Jeon Higuera, piano. Metropolitan United Church (Toronto), 56 Queen St. E. 416-363-0331 x26. Free. ●●8:00: Corktown Chamber Orchestra. Christmas Concert. Tchaikovsky: Nutcracker Suite; Wagner: Siegfried Idyll; and other works. Paul McCulloch, conductor. Little Trinity Anglican Church, 425 King St. E. 647-528- 7159. ; free(child). ●●8:00: Music Gallery. Emergents I: Collideoscope. David Baldry, trumpet; Aline Homzy, violin; Chris Pruden, piano; Raphael Roter, percussion; Paige Kobe and Nicholas Rusica, dance. 197 John St. 416-204-1080. ; (members). ●●8:00: York University Department of Music/Arraymusic. York Electro-Acoustic Orchestra. Guests: Rick Sacks and others; Doug Van Nort, director. Array Space, 155 Walnut Ave. 416-532-3019. . Concert will be live streamed. Music TORONTO GRYPHON TRIO December 10 at 8 pm ●●8:00: Music Toronto. Gryphon Trio. Vincent Ho: new work; Arno Babajanian: Piano Trio in f-sharp. Jane Mallett Theatre, St. Lawrence Centre for the Arts, 27 Front St. E. 416- 366-7723. , ; (st); age 18 to 35: pay your age. Friday December 11 ●●1:10: Gordon Murray Presents. Piano Potpourri. Featuring classics, opera, operetta, musicals, ragtime, pop, international and Christmas music. Gordon Murray, piano. Trinity-St. Paul’s Centre, 427 Bloor St. W. 416-631- 4300. PWYC. Lunch and snack friendly. ●●7:00: University Settlement Music & Arts School. End of Term Student Concert. St. George the Martyr Church, 197 John St. 416- 598-3444 x243. Free. Donations accepted. ●●7:30: Church of the Holy Trinity. The Christmas Story. See Dec 4; Also Dec 12(mat & eve),13,18,19(mat & eve),20(mat & eve). ●●7:30: Oakville Choral Society. Vivaldi’s Gloria and the Glorious Music of Christmas. Vivaldi: Gloria; works by Bach, Mendelssohn and Handel; selection of sing-along carols. Oakville Choral Society; guest soloists and chamber orchestra. Clearview Christian Reformed Church, 2300 Sheridan Garden Dr., Oakville. 905-302-9017. /(adv); (st); free(children under 12). Also on Dec 12. ●●8:00: Etobicoke Philharmonic Orchestra. Holiday Splendour. Tchaikovsky: Nutcracker Suite; other works. Humber Valley United Church, 76 Anglesey Blvd., Etobicoke. 416-239-5665. ; /(sr); (st). 7:00: Silent Auction. ●●8:00: Living Arts Centre. Colm Wilkinson: Broadway, Christmas and Beyond. 4141 Living Arts Dr., Mississauga. 905-306-6000 or 1-888-805-8888. -. ●●8:00: Royal Conservatory. Music Mix: Oscar @ 90. Koerner Hall, Telus Centre, 273 Bloor St. W. 416-408-0208. -. ●●8:00: St. Barnabas Anglican Church. In Concert. Spectrum Percussion Quartet with John Rudolph. 361 Danforth Ave. 416-463- 1344. ; (st). ●●8:00: St. Basil’s Church. Messiaen: La Nativité du Seigneur. Rashaan Allwood, organ. St. Basil’s Church, University of St. Michael’s College, 50 St. Joseph St. 416-926- 7110. Free. 7:30: Pre-concert chat. Free-will donations accepted toward St. Basil’s music program. ●●8:00: Toronto Consort. Christmas at the Monastery of Santa Cruz. A Christmas program of villancicos and Brazilian-influenced dances, found in the Monastery’s archives. Žak Ozmo, lute and guest director. Trinity-St. Paul’s Centre, Jeanne Lamon Hall, 427 Bloor St. W. 416-964-6337. -; -(sr); (st/30 and under). 7:00: pre-concert talk. Also Dec 12, 13(mat). ●●8:00: Univox Choir. Great Joy! Joubert, McElroy and Red: Great Joy; and other works. Chris Tsujiuchi, piano; Ryan Luchuck, bass guitar; Alejandro Céspedes, percussion; Kevin Mendes, drums; Dallas Bergen, artistic thewholenote.com December 1 2015 - February 7, 2016 | 39

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